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COMMENTARY · 3rd March 2010
Merv Ritchie
A well kept secret is Terrace. Those who are arriving here today are coming from all parts of BC, but primarily the Southern half. It is these residents of this great Province who hear comments like, 'Terrace? thats like way up North isn't it?' People who haven't been here generally believe it is a cold Northern climate, envisioning environments of cold blowing drifting snow and 40 below weather. Only a small percentage realize we enjoy a warm coastal climate, balmy weather compared to many places our guests might have travelled through on their way to the 2010 BC Winter Games. Just east, on the other side of the Coast Mountain Range, all the way to Prince George and hundreds of miles south, yes, cold blowing long bitter winters.

And yes, north of Prince George to the Peace Country through Chetwynd to Dawson Creek (who many seem to confuse with Dawson City) and beyond it can also be bitter cold. East of George and south through the Robson Valley, yes, once again, long cold winters.

Those from the lower mainland refer to every area not west of Hope, the Interior. Terrace gets lumped in with the lot. This is good and bad, depending on your perspective. Good in that Terrace remains a gentle small town with slow and even reversed growth, but bad as the rest of BC misses out on one of its greatest treasures.

So we welcome our guests who will take home memories of a jewel in the "Interior". Hardly interior as we are on the Coast, but we welcome you, and when you return, let your friends know, "Terrace? Interior? Cold? Heck no, I'm moving there."

And let them know about our ski hill, Whistler-Blackcomb could only dream about the snowpack at this Ski hill 30 minutes from town. This year it is low, but we certainly will not need to bring in the snow with helicopters.